Leeds Noa Lang deal could be scuppered as investigation underway
Leeds United are reportedly in talks over a move for Club Brugge attacker Noa Lang [Daily Mail].
However, the player is currently under investigation by the Belgian Football Association (URBSFA) after footage emerged on social media.
The footage contained chants of an anti-Semitic nature which Lang allegedly joined in with following Club Brugge’s title win. [Yahoo]
The URBSFA said: “The Belgian FA condemns all forms of discrimination and defers to the competent disciplinary bodies to decide on the follow-up to these events.”
Lang himself has denied any racism saying on Instagram, “After I won the title, I sang with all my enthusiasm with the fans. I didn’t want to offend anyone with that. For me, that story is now over and I won’t go back to that.”
He is rated at £21.7m by Brugge. [GVA].
This doesn’t look good.
After the Kiko Casilla debacle, the last thing Leeds will want is to be dragged into another row about racism.
There are plenty of Leeds fans who think the potential of any deal is very slim now.
Well typical of my luck Noa Lang has been videoed chanting offensive things so any deal for him now likely to be gone. If you do however want to know what he's like from a footballing point of view, then you can check out my article on him here: https://t.co/RIF6xMAujZ #LUFC
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) May 24, 2021
Yeah, he won't be coming coming Leeds. https://t.co/FbOPy6opRi
— Daryl 🈯️ (@DarylRS29) May 24, 2021
We find it hard to disagree with either of these tweets.
This is a club and a manager who cooled on a deal for Said Benrahma last summer after he tweeted a video showing him on a luxury holiday.
Marcelo Bielsa knows the character of a player is just as important as their skills on the pitch. And in today’s world, club reputation is all-important.
There are plenty of wingers out there and we don’t think Leeds will be progressing with Lang now.
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